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Justice & Peace

Restorative Justice Workshops Series

Sisters hold up black and white signs saying Being in Communion Against Racism in front of the old St. Louis CourthouseIn June 2020, the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph put out a statement on racism and a commitment to direct action. As part of this commitment, the U.S. Federation will be hosting a four-part series on restorative justice, its relationship to the Charism, and how we can more fully incorporate restorative justice into our daily lives and ministries.

Workshops will begin September 2020, and will run monthly until December 2020. The first workshop will be an overview of restorative justice and its relationship to the CSSJ Charism. Future workshops will focus on racism, practitioners of restorative justice, and more. We will also offer resources for communities to engage in questions about restorative justice in-between the workshops.

These workshops are open to all under the Federation, including but not limited to our associates, agregees, St. Joseph Worker community, partners in mission, the Family of Joseph, ACSSJ, employees, and all those who share the CSSJ charism. Please share abundantly.

These workshops will be made available for free to students, the St. Joseph Worker community, and U.S. Federation members. For those who are financially able and aren't from the above groups, we are asking for a small suggested donation for each workshop. All funds will be used to upgrade our zoom technology, to pay our speakers, and for any future U.S. Federation programming.

September Workshop: Restorative Justice and the CSSJ Charism

On Thursday, September 24 at 3 pm ET, we had our first restorative justice workshop. In this first session we discussed the philosophy, principles and practices of restorative justice. We also discussed the intersection of the CSSJ charism and restorative justice values. 

Speakers: Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy (Catholic Mobilizing Network), Caitlin Morneau (Catholic Mobilizing Network), and Sr. Rose McLarney (Carondelet-St. Louis).


October Workshop: Racism and Restorative Justice in Catholic Institutions

On Saturday, October 10 from 2-3:30 pm ET, we will have our second restorative justice workshop. Dr. Shannen Dee Williams (Villanova University) and Sr. Melinda Pellerin (Springfield) will discuss racism within Catholic institutions, historical truth telling, and practical reparations necessary to move forward. This workshop will discuss antiracism work within the Charism and leave time for questions and discussion. Attendees will leave with a concrete and historically informed plan of action. Read more about the workshop and speakers here

Speakers: Dr. Shannen Dee Williams and Sr. Melinda Pellerin (Springfield)


November Workshop: Restorative Justice Practitioners

Speakers: To Be Announced

December Workshop: TBA

Speakers: To Be Announced


Restorative Justice Workshop Partners and Sponsors:

A huge thank you to our partners and sponsors. Through their generous support we are able to offer these programs at a low-to-no cost. If you are interested in sponsoring this programming, you can learn more here or email us at

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Avila University and Be Inspired in purple

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